Floyd Landis offered a reduced sentence by USADA if he gave "incriminating evidence" about Armstrong

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11.05.2007/ US rider Floyd Landis, fighting to maintain his 2006 Tour de France title after a positive doping test, said yesterday he had been offered a reduced sentence by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) if he gave "incriminating evidence" about Lance Armstrong.

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Floyd Landis during last years prologue of the Tour de France (Picture: Cyclingheroes)

According to Reuters newsagency Landis said: "It was characterized for me that if I gave information that would incriminate Lance then I would be given a shorter sentence," Landis told a telephoneconference before a public hearing into his case, which starts on Monday, May 14.

According to Landis, USADA general counsel Travis Tygart made the offer to Landis. Tygart told Reuters newsagency that the rules would not allow him to comment on Landis remarks about the offer but did deny he offered the Landis/Armstrong deal: "If Mr. Landis wishes to waive the rule and allow USADA to comment I will be more than happy to address his nonsense, otherwise I can't comment."

Landis said he did not respond to USADA's offer: "I don't think that offer justified a response." Landis continued by saying: "I didn't do what I am accused of doing and none of this has anything to do with Lance."

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